Funding builds sustainable solutions for Waikato

Published: Mar 17, 2020

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A Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of just over $1 million will help build sustainable pathways in construction for young people living in the Waikato region.

The funding, from the Te Ara Mahi allocation, is going to two projects focussed on supporting Waikato youth into the construction industry. The two projects and their funding are: 

  • $393,500 to Waikato Tainui/Building and Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) for a work readiness programme to assist rangatahi to enter the construction industry
  • $646,450 to building company Emergent Skills NZ Ltd to set up a Locals Building Local Homes at Volume project.

The Waikato Tainui/BCITO Workstart Programme is a long term programme with a particular focus on helping rangatahi leaving secondary school, or who have already left, get started on a career in the building and construction industry.

The funding will be used to establish a tailored 10-week work readiness programme to support rangatahi to move forward into a three year NZQA construction apprenticeship qualification, and then, for those who are interested, into a further supervisor qualification towards leadership roles in construction.

Waikato Tainui will be providing pastoral care, and mentoring to make sure the rangatahi are supported on their journey to employment.

The BCITO will use its strong connections to the construction industry and employers in the Waikato to facilitate the rangatahi into jobs near their homes.

The Locals Building Local Homes at Volume Project, is led by Emergent Skills NZ Limited who will work closely with the local Institute of Technology Toi Ohomai and the Ministry of Social Development to deliver the programme.

In the first two years of the programme, the goal is to target 100 people from Tokoroa and the surrounding South Waikato region to build at least 30 modular homes. The houses will then be sold to local housing providers, with sale proceeds being put back into the programme to allow for sustainability of the programme post PGF funding.

The programme will support unemployed people to gain skills, help the local construction industry access workers and will help address an estimated shortage of over 700 houses in the South Waikato region.

Both projects combine upskilling local people with strong connections to the local and growing construction industry, underpinned with strong pastoral care.

They will boost local economic growth, improve the social outcomes for local people and help support employers in a growing and important sector to access quality staff.

An indoor gathering of people listening to a funding announcement.

Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announces over $1 million in funding for two projects focused on supporting youth into the construction industry in Waikato.